23 New Things In UAE To Look Forward To In 2023

by Deeplata Garde
23 New Things In UAE To Look Forward To In 2023

The new year is here and so is the list of upcoming places & events in UAE. UAE is a dynamic country and we have something new happening every day. So with the start of 2023 let’s have a look at what’s new to explore in UAE. From eateries, hotels & resorts to eateries, here’s a compilation of places you need to visit in 2023.

Here Are 23 New Things You Need To Attend In UAE In 2023

Upcoming Restaurants In UAE



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A brand-new beach club within the hip W Dubai-The Palm is expected to overtake all other Dubai nightlife destinations in terms of growth. Visitors will have access to a variety of world-class food and beverage options.  Consequently enjoy the exquisitely designed eatery and bar area or relax at the sun loungers or private cabanas after it opens in January 2023.

2. Josette 


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Josette aims to serve a sophisticated afternoon tea that will include freshly baked pastries cooked in-house every day along with sweet and savoury dishes. The tea will be available every day starting at lunch. Everything will be served in a setting with a contemporary take on traditional Baroque architecture. In January, the restaurant at CD Brookfield Place, DIFC, is scheduled to open.


ZING, a beach and pool bar, will be accessible to both hotel guests and citizens of Dubai at the brand-new Hilton Dubai The Palm. Along with what we anticipate to be a very popular swim-up bar, the place will altogether reflect light snacks and cocktails on the menu. The restaurant promises to debut in September 2023.

4. Love Vibe

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The instagrammable cafe of Abu Dhabi is the anticipated cafe of the year. Love vibe will be covered with famous pastel swathes with a purposeful uptick in refinement. By Q1 2023, the restaurant will be opening in Khalifa City, and we anticipate it to have a jovial feel.

5. Dinner by Heston

The Masterchef fame, Heston Blumenthal at Atlantis the Royal is going to be a luxurious affair in Dubai. Heston Blumenthal, a quirky and well-known British chef, is delivering his ultra-luxe dishes. If the restaurant corresponds to its London version, we can anticipate distinctive fine dining with a menu full of dishes from British cuisine with a modern twist.

6. OPM Room

With a new location in Abu Dhabi, Dubai nightclub OPM is growing from Double Tree by Hilton — The Walk. The OPM Room is well known for its extensive menu of traditional and speciality mixed drinks as well as premium beverages. The restaurant will debut on the Yas Bay waterfront in 2023.

7. The Flamingo Room by tashas

Early in 2023, the first Flamingo Room in the capital—one of the most well-liked eateries in the chain—is scheduled to open at Galleria Al Maryah Island. The menu will be identical to that of the Dubai restaurant.

8. Wake n Bake


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The Saadiyat Island is filled with dining options and cafes. To add to the food scene here a new cafe will debut in Q1 of 2023.  The upscale doughnut shop Wake n Bake will open its first outlet in Abu Dhabi at Mamsha Al Saadiyat. The location, which will serve freshly baked pastries, cakes, and speciality coffee, will be the beloved brand’s first physical site.

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Festivals & Events To Attend In UAE

1. National Day Celebration

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UAE is quite famous for its National Day celebrations. Every Emirate has its unique style to celebrate this public holiday. Fireworks are a common thing on display. Parades fill up the streets and many other events are lined up to entertain people in a cultural and entertaining way. The event is celebrated on 2nd December in all 7 Emirates of UAE.

2..Quoz Arts Fest by Alserkal


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Dubai takes its culture and heritage very seriously. Hence to make people more aware of their roots, the Emirates organises various events out of which is Quoz Arts Fest. It’s one of the biggest annual art festivals in the Middle East organised by Alserkal. The event compiles music, art, culinary experiences, dance performances, film screenings and educational seminars. All of these happen as a part of this event in Dubai which will take place in January.

3. Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, Dubai


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UAE has many reading enthusiasts and literature events are usually filled with these book lovers. One of the famous annual literary events that take place in Dubai is the Emirates Airline Festival of literature. 2023 would be the 15th edition of the event organized by the airlines. Emirates’ most prominent literary event aims to encourage reading and writing in UAE and will start in February.

4. Qasr Al Hosn Festival

The capital’s premier cultural celebration is held during the Al Hosn Festival. The Al Hosn Festival will take place for ten days in January 2023. It is the newest distinctive cultural development in the UAE. The event uses art, design, debates, performances, and other mediums to consider and reimagine Abu Dhabi’s rich cultural history.

5. Opening of Seaworld

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Yas Island will be witnessing the opening of the region’s biggest first Marine Life Theme Park to Yas Island. The park will debut in 2023 chiefly with over 150 species of marine animals in Abu Dhabi.

6. Middle East Film & Comic Con 2023


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The pop-culture festival is coming to UAE and the event will take place in March 2023. The geek crowd’s most awaited event is taking place in ADNEC, Abu Dhabi. Come and enjoy a pop-cultural extravaganza filled with concerts, celeb interactions, movies, art and more here.

7. Dubai Fitness Challenge Event

Dubai’s most anticipated event is something that brings all Emiratis together. Yes, we are talking about the Dubai Fitness challenge which is divided into multiple facets and includes all sporty events that will lead to the fitness goals of all of Dubai’s population. The annual event takes place in November every year.



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The ultimate glam night, the iifa Awards will be held in Abu Dhabi in 2023. The Bollywood awards event is taking place soon in the month of February on Yas Island. This year would be the 23rd edition of the glamorous green carpet event.

9. Awafi Festival

This festival of UAE celebrates the union of culture and history by concurrently organizing outdoor activities. The festival features every summer. The event is famous for competitions to drive all sorts of makeshift vehicles up the tallest sand dunes. Alongside this rough picture of the event, it also has a Heritage Village presentation. It basically involves a primary bazaar, as well as coffee shops and art exhibitions.

10. The International Heritage Day​

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This is a customary village activity that narrates and illustrates folklore, customs and traditions, and trades. The emirate of Fujairah commemorates this significant occasion every 18th of April by holding this celebration. Hence the emirate is anticipated to be folded by visitors during the event.

Hotels & Resorts Opening In UAE

1. Sofitel Ras Al Khaimah Resort

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This brand screams luxury wherever it opens and Ras Al Khaimah is no exception. With the operation of this Al Hamara Beach property, Sofitel will enter the Northern Emirates market for the first time in 2023. This resort’s 300 rooms are surrounded by multiple leisure destinations. By all means, you get access to private beaches, restaurants, golf courses and more spots to have fun.

2. Anantara Mina Al Arab, RAK

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A Maldives-inspired resort in UAE will debut in Ras Al Khaimah in 2023. With glistening waters surrounding the property, the resort is set to have views of the lagoon from its 306 rooms. To spend time at the resort you have multiple entertainment options like a pool bar, beachfront dining, pool and eco-learning centres to keep your kids busy and entertained.

3. Cloud7 Camp Jebel Jais, RAK

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The new glamping site will feature in the adventure capital of UAE, Ras Al Khaimah. The famous brand Cloud7 will launch this campsite in the mountainous area of Jebel Jais. Altogether this RAK project is set to attract many trekking enthusiasts to this glamping site during 2023.

4. Atlantis The Royal, Dubai

The talk of the town, Atlantis Royal is the most anticipated hotel in Dubai to open in 2023. Just as big as its initial venture, Atlantis the Palm, the Royal is anticipated to be a bigger success. After the launch party in January, the hotel will at last welcome guests in March this year. The project overall involves 6 ultra-luxury towers with  795 rooms, including 44 suites. The 43-storey building will come additionally with infinity pools, an array of dining options and more. Book your suite before it gets house full for the holiday season.

5. Liwa Hotel, Autograph Collection, Abu Dhabi


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Set to open around the 4th quarter of 2023, Liwa Hotel will be undoubtedly the ideal desert getaway of Abu Dhabi. With stunning views of red sand dunes, the Marriot venture will furthermore offer a total of 66 rooms that include three-bedroom villas with views of Liwa oasis. Along with the debut of this hotel, Liwa will also additionally launch its restaurant, a wellness spa, pool and kids club.

Here’s a mini guide for you to plan your months ahead in UAE.

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